Wedding photographer Marshal Gray is a wedding photographer too cool for school, with a wonderfully artistic approach and a fantastic blog. Real name Gary Marshal, I’m sure I’ve called him Marshal more than once since we first chatted online a year or so ago. He’s a lovely guy, and the perfect choice for Louisa and Andrew.
This wonderful couple were married at Surrey’s Northbrook Park last summer. The sun shone, the day went swingingly and there are some beautiful images of the bride and groom here for you to enjoy. My favourites are the look they exchange, holding hands when they’ve put the wedding rings on – and the bit where Louisa gets to try on lots of shoes… Cinderella style! I’ll leave you to see that one for yourself!
Louisa very kindly emailed her wedding story for English Wedding blog, and her own favourite memory of the day is really touching. I’ll leave you with Louisa’s words and wedding photography by Marshal Gray. Enjoy!
“My wedding dress was a single strap Grecian style – Francoli by Pronovias, purchased at Teokath in Wimbledon. I went light on the accessories given the design on the dress and used jewellery I already had.
While the groom and groomsmen were fairly relaxed leading up to the wedding, you could feel the pressure on morning of the wedding. They were fantastic with the groomsmen coming into the bridesmaids cottage regularly for instructions on what else needed to be done. The girls loved it. The champagne was flowing quite early that day.
Andrew wore a tailored suit made by Kipper Bespoke. His shoes were from Barker.
Our family and friends travelled from fairly far abroad (America, China, Dubai, Turkey) just to attend our wedding so we wanted to ensure that they had a good time. As our families live far apart, they only met for the first time the day before the wedding.
I felt really relaxed and then all the emotions hit when the doors opened and I saw my friends and family and Andrew all there for me.
The whole day went by really quickly and we could tell that everyone had a really good time, which made us very happy.
My father’s speech – My father is an outspoken shrewd businessman that doesn’t really show his soft side that often. I could tell he was nervous delivering his speech which was a surprise to me and my siblings, as we had never seen him nervous before. I was really touched by his words and the guests loved him. As he continued his speech, the guests clapped and laughed at his jokes. He could tell he was winning the room over and you could see the confidence returning. At the end, he went around toasting and high fiving the guests!
– Try to prep everything before the day and give your wedding party responsibilities for the day so that you can sit back and really enjoy the day as it will go by quickly. Fill them in on the plan for the day so they can help other guests and you (esp. After the ceremony, where they should go, who needs to be in photos, and if something doesn’t happen when they know it should – they can help you sort it out b/c they know the plan in advance etc)
– Make a list of the group photos so that you don’t forget on the day. Gary recommended this and asked for our list in advance.
– Prepare yourself for last minute changes. For my wedding and quite a few of the weddings I went to this year had last minute guests who could no longer come.
– Seating plan – I prepared mine using post its on my wall which was really great because I had to change it multiple times and it’s on your wall so it’s out of the way and you can stand back and get overall view.
Tell us about any wedding suppliers you recommend
Gary (Marshal Gray) our photographer, of course. From our initial coffee meeting, we felt at ease with Gary. Always quick to reply to any emails and really personable. Great balance of artistry and the wedding must shots. His second shooter was also great – I really liked her as well.
Teokath Wimbledon – Reasonable, very nice and helpful, and no fee for trying on dresses (I found a lot of places in London charge now)
Three Bees – our caterer. Dell and his team were absolutely amazing. Not only was it great food and service, they made us feel comfortable and confident that we were in safe hands. Dell always made time to answer our questions. We exchanged countless emails and conference calls. The venue was essentially venue only so everything else was provided by Three Bees – reception canapés and drinks, wedding breakfast (incl glasses, linen), and bar service for the evening. Absolutely amazing.